Why are Nigerians so poor?
Some people think it was due to the so many years of colonization, about unusually long.
Why there is no doubt that we have been heavily affected by this long years of enslavement, I believe we can or should have healed that wound. I don’t understand what you’re thinking. That is what I believe.
Some others think our poverty is due to bad political leaders. While I’d love to agree with that, I can help but disagree. Why? For what?
Because leaders of any given society, club or country are just the image of that society, club or country at large.
That’s exactly what I mean. People are trained by the society. The value system of that given society is what teaches them what to believe, how to behave, what to pursue with their lives and how to lead their people. That is the reason why Joseph Maistre said, “every nation has the government it deserves.” You take for instance, an average American boy of age 16 may be happy to spend the rest of his life in the laboratory finding the cure for AIDS or Ebola. Why? Because he has been trained in a society that appreciates sacrifice for a better humanity.
Suggest a similar idea to a same-age Nigerian boy and you’ll blame yourself if you’re lucky not to see the anger of his parents.
If a society defines success as making the world a better place and another society defines success as building five houses, do you think that both of these will produce the same kinds of leaders? You know the reply. Yeah. In Nigeria an average political leader is a thief. But I have the reason not to blame them, I dare blame our values as a Country instead. Believe me, the president of your country will not change when he becomes a president.
The Presidency only gives him the opportunity to reveal his true self … that from his age 3-40 our society built up in him.
So if I think we should have overcome the pain of colonization, and I think our leaders aren’t the reason for our poverty… instead, they are the real image of who we are, what are the causes of our poverty? Have you got it?
Who we are, how we live, what we believe, etc. Let me explain one after another.
7 Reasons why Nigerians are poor.
1. Most Nigerians are religious, but not spiritual.
Why I started here, I don’t know, but let’s move on anyway. Religion is a major part of Nigerians, but unfortunately average Nigerians don’t really know how God works. Most Nigerians (blindly) believe if they pray enough, God can make them rich.
That is heretical and unbiblical. I love the way, a shepherd puts it, “God gives us no money. He gives us the ideas and strength for business to work out.”
God gives no money to anyone and praying for money is as good as praying for corn. Yes, God is the one who gives us to eat the maize, but we are the one who plants it. Even though we may pray that it will rain at the appropriate time, we are responsible for going into the bush and getting dirty.
Are you going to the mountain for 21 days to pray, because you want God to give you the maize? You don’t have to go to the mountain if you don’t, to beg God to give you money. He is ready to give you the money.
He loves you and has, long before you were raised, arranged all the resources you need to live a good life.
Read Matthew 6:8 and see what Jesus says here; even before you ask, your Father (God) already knows what you need.
God loves you and he’s willing to give you money, but you’ve got to understand how money is made. Just as there are principles of maize planting, growing and harvesting, so there are principles of making money.
2. Most Nigerians hate knowledge, including financial knowledge.
In the last point I made it known that farmers must understand the principles of maize planting, cultivation and harvesting. How are they to understand that? Well, it’s not through praying or fasting but through learning.
My grandfather used to be a farmer. He was teaching my dad how to farm. My dad taught us how to farm. You can go and pray for 40 days without the knowledge of how to plant maize, grow it, protect it from animals and insects, and harvest it. You cannot have a good maize farm.
Money making has principles… that must be learned as someone who reads a book. Rich men of old have long discovered these principles, starting from Abraham. These men (not now Abraham) wrote so many books that would reveal their secrets.
Book is still the biggest revealer of secrets until now. But Nigerians won’t read it. If something you want to hide from a Nigerian, they say, keep it in a book. I’ve got tears within my heart.
I cry and tell my fellow Country people that we can’t be richer than others around us except we know what they don’t know. Maybe I should do that again.
Unless you know what they don’t know, you can’t be richer than people around you. Abraham was not rich, because he was given money by God. Open and read Your Bible. Father Abraham was rich because he did not know what others knew.
While many people worked as labourers in his days (what you’ll call employees today), Abraham was a businessman with hundreds of employees (more than 300 to be specific). Nigeria will be poor forever, until we start learning, reading and upgrading our minds.
3. Most Nigerians still love job.
When will Nigerians start hating work? Today we have to start hating work! We need to start telling our young kids from age 9 and above that job is not available again, and if it’s available, it’s no longer good like our fathers ‘ days. We’re very poor, because we love working.
4. Most Nigerians are not business oriented.
There was a time when I was reading about the youngest female millionaire, Elizabeth Holmes, who started her business when she was 19 (just like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) and later dropped out of school when her business required her to do so.
Because she (and millions of other young Americans) was rightly oriented that job is a mess and that becoming a business owner is highly rewarding. What do you think an average 19-year-old Nigerian guy and girl are doing?
Watching soccer matches, following trends in fashion or the best, getting busy with school to get good certificates. No one is out there to tell our young adults that they are the hope of this Country, that they are the ones who create jobs for themselves and others, that they must be entrepreneurs and not employees.
How can we be rich when we are not creating businesses?
5. Nigerians are poor because we run businesses like mere “buying and selling.”
While most Nigerians don’t think about being business owners, those who think (or are forced to become business owners) don’t run business like the business of the 21st century, rather they run business like the business of the 15th century.
You know, all you have to do in the 15th century is figure out a product or service to sell. If you can smile a little people will love you and your business will be patronized.
But business now requires more strategies and innovations than ever before, just as Seth Godin’s book name, Purple Cow, sounds. If it’s not the (unique) purple cow, no one sees or buys it. If you’re sluggish and your product / service is stupid, no one will notice.
Most Nigerians are dull and their businesses are dumb. More of the reasons (should you care to know) lie on what I discussed with you in the second point above… knowledge!
6. Nigerians are poor because an average Nigerian is irresponsible.
I am your brother after all, so you won’t say that I abuse Nigerians. Most Nigerians are so concerned about what they are getting, and not about what they are giving. I heard a man around the age of 30 complaining about his father not giving him money (or something like that) some years ago.
How dumb is that? Very dumb!!!
In many advanced countries around the world, an average 16-year-old boy has been planning how to get out of his father’s home and create his own life. Most Nigerians aged 30 still see themselves as infants, needing help. We love getting a stress-free, ready-made achievement.
Unfortunately, maize does not come to life until a farmer becomes contaminated. Nigerians must (urgently) wake up and be held to account.
I started planning around the age of 20 how I’ll be financially independent of my parents. I began to think, how could I make Nigeria (my country) a better place? How can I exert good influence on Nigerians?
It was time, when I was 21 and six months old, to forsake the mediocre and get busy in the world. I told my parents and family I’m going to the business world and I’m never going to need to collect my school certificate. It wasn’t a smooth journey and I haven’t become a millionaire yet (as when I wrote this), but I was fortunate to think differently.
7. Nigerians are poor because we are still proud of school and certificate.
I can see the time to come when all of our so-called universities and polytechnics will be destroyed and our young people will be taught to embrace education in its true sense, but the situation is pathetic for now.
I’ve said it before, universities and polytechnics don’t give the kinds of education that we need now and should therefore be killed. Poverty in Nigeria will always continue until people embrace education and not certificates. The best universities there are in the 21st century are library and google, for me.
Read. Read and read!!!.
Want to be rich and rich? Go and start reading the books on creating business and wealth. Want a better marriage? Visit a bookshop, and buy some good marriage books. Want to be more spiritual? Search google, download some great books written by the great Christians of old.
Read and read, then you’re going to know how to be rich, how to get a great marriage, how to be more spiritual and how to do something worthwhile.
Does school teach you how to make yourself rich? Does school teach you how to marry great? Does school teach you spirituality? Then, what does school teaches us?
If we want to be rich, we Nigerians need to start loving education (not school). Lastly, I would like to thank you so much for reading this article and I would like to say that the above opinion is mine, and since I am a little boy, in my expression I may be wrong (or biased).
Note: Was this article useful please share, like, comment with friends, thanks.